NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - A New Rochelle educator will be traveling abroad over the summer after earning a prestigious national award that will see her teaching talents taken to Vietnam.
Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn, the science coordinator for the Columbus Elementary School has been offered a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching short-term grant to teach in Vietnam. She is one of nine American educators chosen for the award, which is granted by the United States Department of State and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Zahn was selected for the Fulbright grant “on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.” Last year, she was awarded the Anton Bank Award for excellence in elementary school science teaching, given by the Science Teacher’s Association of New York.
According to officials, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges.
While in Vietnam, Zahn will be working with the Huu Nghi Primary school in Hai Phong City in northern Vietnam, where she hopes to “develop an authentic, hands-on approach to teaching science.”
Zahn has previously participated in programs that took her to classrooms in Malaysia, Singapore and Japan.
“I am super excited and honored to have been chosen for this amazing educational experience,” she said. “Teaching children to think critically and creatively is at the heart of all learning. To do this, we must be willing to take risks and extend our own learning beyond the classroom walls.”